7 boys jailed in fire that killed 23 in Malaysia

The Dallas Morning News - - World -

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian po­lice said Satur­day they have ar­rested seven boys sus­pected of in­ten­tion­ally start­ing a fire at an Is­lamic board­ing school that killed 23 peo­ple. The sus­pects re­port­edly told po­lice that stu­dents there had teased them.

Kuala Lumpur po­lice chief Amar Singh said the boys, ages 11 to 18, were rounded up since Fri­day night af­ter they were iden­ti­fied in CCTV footage from a neigh­bor­ing build­ing that showed them near the school the night of the fire.

The fire Thurs­day at a three-story school, where Mus­lim boys study and mem­o­rize the Qu­ran, blocked the lone exit to the dor­mi­tory on the top floor, trap­ping stu­dents be­hind barred win­dows. Two adults and 21 stu­dents be­tween ages 6 and 17 were killed.

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